Cognitive Systems (BA)

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This Arts program provides you with a grounding in the principles and techniques used by intelligent systems, both natural and artificial. It emphasizes the study of existing systems (i.e., linguistics), the design of new ones (i.e., machine intelligence), and the design of interfaces between different forms of intelligent agents. You can choose to specialize in Cognition and the Brain; Language; or Mind, Language, and Computation.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option

Cognitive Systems is a multi-disciplinary program involving four departments: Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology. It provides you with a thorough grounding in the principles and techniques used by intelligent systems (both natural and artificial) to interact with the world around them.  In the Arts program, depending on your focus of interest, you can select from three streams:

  • Cognition and the Brain (Psychology specialization)
  • Language (Linguistics specialization)
  • Mind, Language, and Computation (Philosophy specialization)

A fourth stream, Computational Intelligence and Design, is available through the Cognitive Systems Bachelor of Science program.

Campus features

ICICS members are drawn from the departments of Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. ICICS also has members from the departments of Psychology, Physics, Linguistics, Applied Ethics, Commerce, Forestry, and Medicine.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Program Requirements

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